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Comments on: Living Patterns http://designnotes.info/?p=1242 Testing & Sprinting Mon, 20 Feb 2017 09:49:00 +0000 hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.6 By: Mar http://designnotes.info/?p=1242&cpage=1#comment-104405 Thu, 25 Nov 2010 02:34:00 +0000 http://designnotes.info/?p=1242#comment-104405 You can say the same about Mississauga. It looks well…”spaciously gridded” though it does not speak to the people that actually live there.

By: Sam Clifford http://designnotes.info/?p=1242&cpage=1#comment-53122 Fri, 08 Feb 2008 00:31:05 +0000 http://designnotes.info/?p=1242#comment-53122 I went to see the former Mayor of Bogotá, Enrique Peñalosa, talk last night. He said that what make a city great is that it draws people outside in to the community. New York has heaps of streetfront shopping, Paris has boulevards, Copenhagen has bikeways next to public green space, etc.

It takes more than streets and the services that are on those streets. If you replaced New York’s shopfronts with indoor shopping malls, you would remove the desire to be out in the street and kill off the culture.

If Mississauga want to create a vibrant downtown they’ll need windowed shopfronts, access via public transport, wide footpaths, pedestrianisation of the streets (no cars!) and public space which makes one want to hang around outside. Downtown areas aren’t invigorated by accommodating car access and putting up giant shopping centres. They should probably just send an invitation to Jan Gehl 😉

By: Simon http://designnotes.info/?p=1242&cpage=1#comment-52162 Tue, 05 Feb 2008 12:18:16 +0000 http://designnotes.info/?p=1242#comment-52162 I think there’s definitely a negative stigma associated with over-planned cities/towns in the UK, with Milton Keynes being the main one i can think of. People criticise it for being boring as it is based on the grid system like New York, but maybe it’s boringness is more in line with the sort of people it attracts?

I’d also like to see what sort of positive effect the eixample of Barcelona have had on the people living there. These blocks which were planned to have big hidden communal parks/gardens for the residents on the block are a super idea imho.

By: Fred http://designnotes.info/?p=1242&cpage=1#comment-52132 Tue, 05 Feb 2008 10:31:14 +0000 http://designnotes.info/?p=1242#comment-52132 Hi guys, gr8 job here!!
I am myself an architect and i’ve always been interested by the looks of a plan. These city plans arereally cool, in fact, the same sort of comparism staged at the entrance of the “Biennale d’archittetura” in Venice, Italy , it was the first element of a study of density.
By the way, I see you got Barcelona, but try and zoom out because the new part of the town called the ensanche, designed by Cerdà in 1859, is hyper-regular, made of little octogones, so the two together looks incredible!!! Another one to check out is Amsterdam, (Holland) because of its urban structure made of circular canals that form rings round the city…
Have fun!

By: Greg J. Smith http://designnotes.info/?p=1242&cpage=1#comment-50922 Sat, 02 Feb 2008 05:01:22 +0000 http://designnotes.info/?p=1242#comment-50922 Viva the Nolli Map!

By: kelly http://designnotes.info/?p=1242&cpage=1#comment-50902 Sat, 02 Feb 2008 03:20:45 +0000 http://designnotes.info/?p=1242#comment-50902 Having lived in San Francisco, Copenhagen, and Los Angeles

I would say their layouts and planning greatly affect the way I inhabit them. I should also say I love all three cities, just differently.

I found in Los Angeles I had to try much harder to stay in touch w/friends not so much b/c of physical distance for I would argue it would be similar to the other more urban two… But that there seemed to be a mental distance that would force you to make plans to see these individuals.

I guess there was less opportunity for the spontaneous meet-up and never really any opportunity for running into someone on the street.

Although in Los Angeles you are privy to a sort of anonymity not possible in the other smaller two.

All are beautiful images by the way.

By: Rahab Said http://designnotes.info/?p=1242&cpage=1#comment-50663 Fri, 01 Feb 2008 03:48:40 +0000 http://designnotes.info/?p=1242#comment-50663 I have no experience in theories as well. As far as I recall theory is a guessing and mostly a mistaken one, but a good gathering of information though.
Transplanting maybe is the problem then. The city speaks to the people the day they live in it and the people become a product of its entity.
The main idea, I think, is not a landscape alone that would contribute, it’s Geology, weather, etc and then the people at the very end are only a product of the land.
I almost can’t explain the difference I observed between living in the city of Chicago versus the city of San Francisco. The different almost believed to be as a result of an extreme weather the city of Chicago has in all seasons. This would almost implement and orchestrate most the extreme attitude, mentality of business and the edgy urban design there. You would then find the city of San Francisco falling on the other side of that spectrum and the weather is partially a factor as well.
What I meant to say to lets not value an urban design from a behaviorist’s point of view that is totally lacking the actual value of an urban design. Then a value of a design become only from a perspective of navigation accessibility and pediestrian-frienly point of view.

By: chrisfizik http://designnotes.info/?p=1242&cpage=1#comment-50637 Fri, 01 Feb 2008 01:38:33 +0000 http://designnotes.info/?p=1242#comment-50637 I was pleasantly surprised to see Toronto clumped in with some of these great global cities. And then astounded that Mississauga was central to the couple of linked stories. Wow. Mississauga is terrible. The sprawl and combination of soulless industry and suburban craziness leaves much to be desired. Even if Square One is it’s ‘heart’. Toronto’s saving grace, like many of the truly ancient global cities mentioned, is that it’s diversity will undoubtedly aid in the filling in of all the gaps and regions until its downtown design balances with the randomness of its outer edges.

By: zondron http://designnotes.info/?p=1242&cpage=1#comment-50489 Thu, 31 Jan 2008 11:28:17 +0000 http://designnotes.info/?p=1242#comment-50489 bucharest’s (capital of romania) pattern it’s messier than rome’s

By: michael http://designnotes.info/?p=1242&cpage=1#comment-50488 Thu, 31 Jan 2008 11:23:16 +0000 http://designnotes.info/?p=1242#comment-50488 Ibraheem – it would be hard to argue against that, but there’s one element that keeps me from entirely agreeing with that. If you were to replicate the exact same landscape/environment from ideal location A. and transplant it in location B. it’s unlikely that you will get the same desired results. The reason being that people have to be willing to engage in the first place.

By: Ibraheem Youssef http://designnotes.info/?p=1242&cpage=1#comment-50429 Thu, 31 Jan 2008 06:35:42 +0000 http://designnotes.info/?p=1242#comment-50429 Interesting points. I’m an avid believer though that the landscape we live in to a certain extent affects the way we think and process information.

By: Giorgia http://designnotes.info/?p=1242&cpage=1#comment-50273 Wed, 30 Jan 2008 15:21:08 +0000 http://designnotes.info/?p=1242#comment-50273 Niki – the fact that Rome’s plan is such a messy, intricate web of both tiny and large streets maybe depends on the city being the result of the layering of some 2700+ years of history, don’t you think? 😉
Urban planning as we know it is a rather young discipline in comparison to some cities’ age, if you consider it’s been labelled as such (as a discipline, I mean) only in mid-XIX century, ie when Ildefonso Cerdá wrote a book, Teoría General de la Urbanización, as a support for his own plan of the extension of Barcelona.

By: Niki Brown http://designnotes.info/?p=1242&cpage=1#comment-50035 Tue, 29 Jan 2008 14:09:45 +0000 http://designnotes.info/?p=1242#comment-50035 Rome is one of those cites that is almost impossible to navigate – the roads do not follow any logical sequence, but the joy of Rome is getting lost and discovering that small little gelato bar/cafe/pizza place. 🙂

I also agree with you that the people make the city. They add just as much character as the streets and historical monuments do.